When our weight is in a healthy range, our body more efficiently circulates blood, our fluid levels are more easily managed, and we are less likely to develop such diseases and cancers. Several factors can contribute to obesity, but many steps can be taken to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle.
There is no one operation, diet or medication that can by itself offer a permanent cure. Weight loss surgery is one of the many ways to help treat obesity. Surgery with good aftercare, healthy eating habits and moderate lifestyle changes is one way give positive long-term results for health and weight.
The process of determining if a person is a good candidate for bariatric surgery takes time. There are other ways to lose weight that do not include surgery. Health care professionals will typically recommend non-surgical weight-loss options before bariatric surgery, such as a medical weight loss program. However, if a patient is still considering a surgical approach, they’ll be referred to a specialist in bariatric surgery.
Patients undergo a series of tests to establish their physical and mental preparedness for this life-changing procedure. They can expect to go through a four to eight month evaluation period before the surgery. Some required tests our patients need are a complete blood count (CBC), urinalysis, chemistry panel, chest X-ray and electrocardiogram. They also may also need a glucose tolerance test to find out whether or not they have diabetes.
These tests are important and necessary to preparing for surgery. These assessments are the best way to avoid complications because they help us to understand our patient. During surgery, our patients are high risk because of the health problems they typically have.
There are different types of bariatric surgery.
If you’re a good candidate for bariatric surgery, your surgeon will discuss your options and help you make an informed decision.
Healthy lifestyle choices give the best results for health and quality of life after surgery. After the procedure, our surgical team wants to ensure successful long-term weight loss for our patients. This is achieved by following the diet and exercise recommendations our surgeons give.Any surgery involves risks. These surgeries can result in infections, hernias and blood clots. Those who have had one of these surgeries can expect to require medical follow up for the rest of their lives, and we strive to be there each step of the way to help our patients continue to live well.
A way to measure how much body fat a person has is to determine their body mass index (BMI) using a BMI calculator.
Candidates for bariatric surgery usually have:
If you’re considering bariatric surgery, a number of online resources are available, and of course you’ll want to seek the guidance of your health care professional.
Losing weight isn’t just about the food that’s consumed. It’s all about the lifestyle. Healthy amounts of sleep, stress management and being active also are very important. Living life with a healthy weight is one of the ways you can help ensure you live well throughout your life!